So you’re sitting in your living room, wondering what went wrong and not sure what to do about it? Here are 10 simple ways to update the space:
1) PAINT A WALL
Paint is the least amount of effort and money that packs the biggest punch. Be brave – if it doesn’t work out, you can always paint it again. It doesn’t HAVE to be a long-term commitment!
2) ADD A RUG
This could be an investment piece or a cheap and cheerful cotton one from your favourite retailer. This is one of those items though where size does matter: a carpet should sit comfortably under your coffee table and extend to go underneath your sofas, even if it’s just the front feet. If it becomes a bit pricey, then layer your rugs by placing a smaller rug over a bigger, plain edged or sisal rug.
3) INSTALL A LIGHT
While ambient lighting certainly adds to the warmth and comfort of a room, installing a statement piece will add a bit of oomph as well.
4) SCATTER SOME SCATTERS
Changing your scatters seasonally is a great way to give a room a quick facelift. You don’t even have to buy new ones – just wrap your existing pillow with a piece of fabric or a nice tablecloth.
5) THROW A THROW
In summer it can be a beautiful colourful print, in winter a warm and cozy blanket. Throws are an excellent way to add another layer to your sofas.
6) RETHINK YOUR MANTLE
Replace the collection of photographs or memorabilia on the mantle with something else. Just look around your house: a random collection of white things, a simple vase with flowers or a grouping of candles will give a whole new look to an old chimney stack.
7) SWAP OUT PAINTINGS
Exchange the one that’s been hanging in the bedroom for the last few years with the one that’s been hanging in the living room. You visitors hardly go to your bedroom – they’ll think the one you put in the living room is new!
8) REVAMP YOUR COFFEE TABLE
Paint it, slap on a laminate, stain it or change it all together. It tends to be in the middle of the room so why not make it the center of attention?
9) STYLISH SHELVING
A cluttered shelf is not an attractive thing but if you place a few carefully curated pieces on, it makes a beautiful feature.
My moving things out of sight and into cupboards it gives you a bit more room to display the items you really like. And remember: just because you own it, doesn’t mean you HAVE to display it. Pack some things away and change them out when you swap out cushions.
Happy Project Living Room!